KeywordsWomen in Christianity
Women -- Pastoral counseling of
Women -- Social conditions
Symmetrical pastoral interaction
Church work with women
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AbstractThe aim of the article is to describe and explain the paradigm shift from a modern to a postmodern mindset regarding pastoral counseling with women. Modernistic thinking contributed to the non-identity of women, though more rights were gradually granted to women. The perspective from which theology approached women was still embedded is a premodern biblical mindset. This article elaborates on the hermeneutic of suspicion with the aim to enhancing a more symmetrical pastoral interaction. This symmetry is conducive to authentic communication, genuine respect for women as persons and for their stories. This provides an optimum environment for healing.
Dreyer, Y 2001, 'Verandering en vernuwing in die pastoraat met vroue', Verbum et Ecclesia, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 43-57. [http://www.journals.co.za/ej/ejour_verbum.html]